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Tuesday 15 January 2019

Prine Time

I was  going to start this post by stating that it was a long time since John Prine had appeared on these pages but a quick check shows that he has never featured before.
I'm hanging my head in shame as I type.
He has however been namechecked by Zoe Muth and possibly his two finest songs have appeared - Sam Stone covered by Swamp Dogg and Speed of the Sound of Loneliness covered by both Alabama 3 and Nancy Griffith.

Mrs CC and I won tickets to see him at the Glasgow Concert Hall. He was about an hour late in coming on but quickly won the audience over with an absolutely terrific show.
The album featured today is The Missing Years from 1991 on his own Oh Boy label.

It features the likes of Albert Lee, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Phil Everly , Bonnie Raitt and Bruce Springsteen which shows the high regard in which he is held by his contemporaries.

John Prine - Picture Show

John Prine - The Sins of Memphisto

Good timing as I have just read that he has just been inducted to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Richly deserved and about time too.


  1. I was listening to that Zoe Muth song that namechecks him just the other day.

    He's playing Manchester next year - I was rather unhappy to discover it was a night I couldn't attend.

  2. Forever a fan. If there was any justice in this world there would be statues of John Prine all over the USA. Seen him live a few times but my favourite was at the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow 20 or so years ago. Everyone in the world should own the "Diamonds In The Rough" album.

  3. I'm new to John Prine over the last couple of years - only 40 odd years late. Hello In There from his debut album is a guaranteed eye-moistener.